Tunisia and Mali kick-start their Africa Cup of Nations title quest on Wednesday when they flag off at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium in Group F of the AFCON.
The Eagles of Carthage are still in dier pain following their Arab Cup final defeat to Algeria in December 2021 and will look to correct their mistakes and regroup quickly as possible.
Well Tunisia have not had much success at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning the title just once in their history when they will be making their 15th debut this year.
They last won AFCON title in 2004 as host nation edging out rivals Morocco 2-1 in the final.
Tunisia, who are ranked 30th in the latest FIFA World Rankings, finished fourth place in Egypt back in 2019, when they lost 1-0 to Senegal in the semi-finals before losing again 1-0 to Nigeria in the losers final.
However, the Eagles of Carthage head into the fixture following one of the most dominant group stage qualfying runs in the history of AFCON, finishing top of Group A, seven points clear second place Equatorial Guinea after registering five wins from six games while scoring the second most goals 14.
Meanwhile, Mali not a new face in this tournament and will be making their eighth consecutive debut after strong qualification qualifying campaign.
Les Aigles won four games and finished first in their qualifying Group A, 13 points from six outings, two points above second place Guinea.
Les Aigles are currently in sensational form, they have won five games and drew one from their last six competative outings and they have secured 2022 World Cup qualifiers playoffs.
In 2019, AFCON edition, Mali were forced out at an early stage, round 0f 16 when they lost 1-0 to Ivory Coast but this year’s edition the West African nation will hope they can translate their current fine form into a fine run in Cameroon.
Mali take on Gambia in their next outing, before wrapping group campaign with a clash against Mauritania on 20 January.